beliefs are so powerful that they color our entire world. We literally see what we believe, but we can--and most of us
do--fail to take responsibility for what we see, especially what we see
within. -Hugh Prather
you right now is the power to do things you never dreamed
possible. This power becomes available to you just as soon
as you can change your beliefs. -Maxwell
|Believe nothing because a wise man said it.
Believe nothing because it is generally held.
Believe nothing because it is written.
Believe nothing because it is said to be divine.
Believe nothing because someone else believes it.
But believe only what you yourself judge to be true.
belief which leaves no place for doubt is not a belief; it is a
superstition. -Jose Bergamin
beliefs are your reality. If you don't like
the reality you see, change your beliefs!
as long as I can remember, people said I would never
be able to do anything. My parents and I believed I could,
and we've been proving them wrong ever since.
Hoyt (diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy at birth)
we adopt certain beliefs when we're children and use them
automatically when we become adults, without ever checking them
out against reality. This brings to mind the story of the
woman who always cut off the end of the turkey when she put it in
the oven. Her daughter asked her why, and her mother
responded, "I don't know. My mother always did
it." Then she went and asked her mother, who said,
"I don't know. My mother always did it." The
she went and asked her grandmother, who said, "The oven
wasn't big enough." -Charlotte
therapist does not treat patients by simply giving them
another set of beliefs. He or she tries to help them see which
kinds of ideas and beliefs have led to their suffering. Many
patients want to get rid of their painful feelings, but they
do not want to get rid of their beliefs, the viewpoints
that are the very roots of their feelings.
always takes you at your own valuation.
Believe you are
the child of God—really believe it.
Believe that you express Divine Life,
Divine Truth, and Divine Love.
Believe that Divine Wisdom guides you. Believe that God is your supply.
Believe that God is helping and
blessing humanity through you.
Believe that you are a special enterprise
on the part of God and that he is opening your way—and
what you really believe, that you will demonstrate.
philosophies wrap their seekers in a strict belief system. By virtue of what they include, they exclude everything else,
especially some vital realizations. Periodically
revising our philosophy
of life as we live it is, therefore, a critically valuable exercise.
|And this I do believe above all, especially in
times of greater
discouragement, that I must BELIEVE—that I must believe
in my fellow people—that I must believe in myself—that
I must believe in God—if life is to have any meaning.
-Margaret Chase Smith
All belief that does not make us
more free, more loving, more active, more calm, is,
I fear, a mistaken and superstitious belief.
-John K. Lavater
we believe about ourselves can hold us hostage. Over the years
I have come to respect the power of people's beliefs. The thing that
has amazed me is that a belief is more than just an idea--it seems
to shift the way in which we actually experience ourselves and
our lives. According to Talmudic teaching, "We do not see
things as they
are. We see them as we are." A belief is like a pair of
we wear a belief and look at life through it, it is difficult to convince
that what we see is not real. . . . Sometimes because of our beliefs we
have never seen ourselves or life whole before. No matter. We
recognize life anyway. Our life force may not require us to
strengthen it. We often just need to free it where it has gotten trapped
in beliefs, attitudes, judgment, and shame.
addiction, and one we least often talk about,
is being addicted to beliefs. We really get hooked into
thinking what we believe is true and right.
we believe in magic, we'll live a magical life. If we believe our life is defined by narrow limits,
we've suddenly made those beliefs real.
|Be sure to choose what you believe and why you
believe it, because
if you don’t choose your beliefs, you may be
some belief, and probably not a very credible one,
will choose you. -Robertson Davies
are incredibly heedless in the formation of our beliefs,
but find ourselves with an illicit
passion for them when
anyone proposes to rob us
of their companionship. It is obviously not the ideas
themselves that are dear
to us, but our self-esteem
that is threatened.
Believe in poverty and you will be poor.
Believe in wealth and you will be rich.
Believe in love and you will have love.
Believe in health and you will be healthy.
become what they believe themselves to be. If
I believe I cannot do something, it makes me incapable
doing it. But when I believe I can, then I acquire the
ability to do it even if I didn't have it in the beginning.
thing always happens that you really believe in
and the belief in a thing makes it happen. And I think
nothing will happen until you thoroughly and deeply believe in it.
your self-identity and beliefs merge, differences feel
threatening. You are likely to defend your turf, become
righteous and angry, and possibly shame or abuse other people who
see things differently. When people adopt a belief--be it
about religion, politics, sex roles, or whatever--as the one,
correct belief, their minds get locked up in a rigid box, and
other people with differing beliefs are seen as the enemy.
And what do you do to the enemy? Abuse them, shame them,
hate them, or even kill them. . . .
your beliefs, think about how you learned them, and realize that
they are not genetic, nor are they the "only way."
You are free to acquire new perspectives, to absorb new ideas, and
to question everything you were taught to believe. As your
mind opens to exploration and change, you'll feel a new lightness
and more joy. -Charlotte
were so strong in their beliefs that there came
a time when it hardly mattered what exactly those
beliefs were; they all fused into a single stubbornness.
are what you are
by what you believe.
this little word belief
hang all your sorrows and joys.
Believe nothing, O
monks, merely because you have been told it. . .
or because it is traditional, or because you yourself have imagined it.
Do not believe what your teacher tells you merely out of respect
for the teacher. But whatsoever, after due examination and analysis,
you find to be conducive to the good, the benefit, the welfare of all
beings--that doctrine believe and cling to, and take it as your guide.
What we call rational
grounds for our beliefs are often
extremely irrational attempts to justify our instincts.
-Thomas Henry Huxley
Many a time I have wanted to stop talking
and find out what I really believed. -Walter Lippman
you have a belief that the
people who love you will leave you,
then sure enough, it will happen. Over and over again.
So you had better become
aware of your unconscious beliefs. They are creating
your experience of life. They are based on your past
experiences, and mostly they are
formed in your early childhood. As long as these beliefs
there is no way to be
released from them. -Leonard
our beliefs actually change,
so do our experiences.
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